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Cop body cameras raise concerns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Officers at thousands of law enforcement agencies are wearing tiny cameras to record their interactions with the public, but in many cases the devices are being rolled out faster than departments are able to create policies to govern their use.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Entire city’s Little League suspended

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) - Less than a week after opening day, the Little League season in this Southern California beach city has been indefinitely suspended.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Copter plucks stranded dog from cliff

SANTA ROSA (AP) - A rescue worker dangling from a helicopter plucked a stranded dog from a Northern California seaside cliff.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Some cities seek water independence

SANTA MONICA (AP) - Drops of rain fell on Josephine Miller's 1920s bungalow - a watery relief in the midst of a punishing drought. Instead of flowing into storm drains and washing out to sea, an oversized tank harvested the precious resource to keep her thirsty citrus trees and vegetables from shriveling up on dry days.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Drought hurts Central Valley blackbird

FRESNO (AP) - California's tenacious drought is imperiling the tricolored blackbird in the Central Valley.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Pilots complain of huge solar farm’s brightness

RIVERSIDE (AP) - Pilots flying over the world's largest solar power plant in the Mojave Desert have complained of nearly blinding glare from the sun's reflection off its vast array of mirrors.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Silicon Valley billionaire buys record life policy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An unnamed Silicon Valley billionaire has purchased the world's most valuable life insurance policy.

March 16, 2014 | | State


LA subway dig finds prehistoric stash

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Scientists have long known that long before hipsters and tourists were crowding Los Angeles' trendy Miracle Mile district, prehistoric animals were doing the same.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Man Googles self; finds he’s wanted

SAN LEANDRO (AP) - A Northern California man was "egosurfing" Google when a search of his name yielded a startling result: He was wanted by police.

March 16, 2014 | | State


Court ruling could delay Twin Tunnels water project

STOCKTON (AP) - A state appellate court has ruled that California water officials cannot go onto private property for soil testing and other studies related to construction of two massive tunnels that would siphon water from the Sacramento River.

March 14, 2014 | | State


High speed rail board gets court’s OK to seize eight more properties

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The agency overseeing California's high-speed rail project won permission Friday from a separate state board to begin eminent domain proceedings against eight properties in Fresno that are needed to build the line's initial segment.

March 14, 2014 | | State


San Jose mayor abandons pension- reform initiative until 2016 ballot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed announced Friday that he's abandoning an attempt to place an initiative on the November state ballot that would have enabled governments in California to cut future pension benefits for current workers.

March 14, 2014 | | State


Teen father arrested for biting nose off infant

FAIRFIELD (AP) - A teenage father in Northern California is under arrest after police say he bit the nose off his 1-month-old son because he was frustrated with the infant's crying.

March 14, 2014 | | State


Man who threatened shooting for retweets arrested by LAPD

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Police have arrested a 20-year-old Los Angeles man who allegedly threatened to shoot a random pedestrian if his Twitter post was retweeted a hundred times.

March 14, 2014 | | State


Audit ordered over denied state claims

SACRAMENTO . (AP) - California lawmakers have ordered an audit to look into a state agency's handling of unemployment claims and why so many are denied.

March 13, 2014 | | State


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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• LAWMAKERS WANT TO EXEMPT DIAPERS FROM SALES TAX: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Some of California's most liberal and conservative lawmakers are joining forces to make diapers duty free.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is releasing a set of tools designed for businesses and employees who want to get work done on Android-powered smartphones, setting up a skirmish on another key front of mobile computing.

February 25, 2015 | | State


Used cars often sold with unfixed defects, despite recalls

DETROIT (AP) - It's a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Reddit, Google crack down on posting nude pics, videos

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Woman survives after being struck by train

MENLO PARK (AP) - Transit officials say a female pedestrian was struck by a locomotive in the San Francisco Bay Area and survived.

February 24, 2015 | | State


SWEARING IN CELEBRATIONS

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Organizers of last fall's swearing-in celebration for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said no taxpayer money was used to put on the event at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, but a review by The Associated Press found taxpayers subsidized more than $25,000 for legislative staff and security to attend.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Plastic bag ban suspended by ballot referendum

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when state election officials confirmed a trade group had turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Agency reduces gas tax by 6 cents

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's tax board on Tuesday approved a 6-cent cut in the state gas tax because of lower gas prices, but it isn't likely to affect drivers' wallets.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former LA Mayor Villaraigosa opts out of Senate bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has decided against running for the U.S. Senate in 2016, leaving state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only announced candidate so far, as the heavy favorite to succeed the retiring Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Abandoned truck’s driver arrested after train crash

OXNARD . (AP) - A commuter train bound for Los Angeles derailed before dawn Tuesday in a fiery collision with an abandoned commercial pickup truck after its driver took a wrong turn and got stuck on the tracks.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Former state GOP chair may run for US Senate seat

LAFAYETTE (AP) - Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, said Tuesday he has formed an exploratory committee for potentially entering the 2016 U.S. Senate race to succeed Barbara Boxer.

February 24, 2015 | | State


Lawmakers blast overuse of psychiatric drugs on foster kids

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers on Tuesday blasted the overuse of psychiatric drugs on the state's foster children and pledged to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable teens after more than a decade of government inaction.

February 24, 2015 | | State


No charges filed against LAPD officers who fatally shot man

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors have declined to file charges against three Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot an unarmed, disabled man on live television after a car chase.

February 23, 2015 | | State


Water thefts on the rise

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As California's drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state's precious commodities - water.

February 23, 2015 | | State


NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA

• JUDGE ORDERS 3 FORMER EXECS TO PAY $1.8M IN ASBESTOS CASE: FRESNO (AP) - Three former executives of a now-defunct non-profit have been ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution to 65 people who were exposed to airborne asbestos after their company directed workers to illegally remove debris containing asbestos from a former air force base in Northern California.

February 23, 2015 | | State


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